GDS : Cabine approves revision in wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of Department of Posts

GDS : Cabine approves revision in wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of Department of Posts

Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS): Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure
and allowances

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Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Cabinet
06-June-2018 15:16 IST


Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure and
allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of
Posts
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
today has approved the revision in the wage structure and
allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts.
The revision in the wage structure would entail an estimated
expenditure of Rs 1257.75 crore (Non-recurring expenditure – Rs
860.95 crore and Recurring expenditure of Rs.396.80 crore) during
2018-19.
3.07 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks will be benefitted by this wage
revision.
Details
:
  1. Time Related Continuity allowance (TRCA) structure and slabs
    have been rationalised. The total GDSs have been brought under
    two categories viz. Branch Postmasters (BPMs) and other than
    Branch Postmasters namely Assistant Branch Postmaster (ABPMs).
  2. The present 11 TRCA slabs will be merged into only three TRCA
    Slabs with two levels each for BPMs and other than BPMs.
  3. Introduction of new Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA)
    will be as below: 
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Minimum TRCA of two types of proposed
categories of GDSs as per working hours /
levels
S.No. Category Minimum TRCA for 4 Hours / Level 1 Minimum TRCA for 5 Hours / Level 2
1 BPM Rs. 12000/- Rs. 14500/-
2 ABPM/Dak Sevaks Rs. 10000/- Rs. 12000/-
  1. Dearness Allowance will continue to be paid as a separate
    component, and also revised from time to time whenever it is
    revised for Central Government Servants.
  2. It is decided to continue the calculation of the ex-gratia
    bonus by applying the calculation ceiling of Rs.7000 as basic
    TRCA + DA till such time a new scheme is devised.
  3. Arrears for the period 1.1.2016 to the date of implementation
    will be paid by increasing the basic TRCA drawn during the
    period by a factor of 2.57. The arrears will be paid in one
    instalment.
  4. Annual increase at the rate of 3% and the same may be given on
    1st January or 1st July of every year as the case may be based
    on the one time written request of GDSs.
  5. A new Risk and hardship Allowance has been introduced. Other
    allowances Viz. Office maintenance allowance, Combined duty
    allowance, Cash conveyance charges, Cycle maintenance
    allowance, Boat allowance and Fixed Stationery Charges have
    been revised.
Implementation strategy and targets:
The revision would result in improving the wages, allowances and
discharge benefits of Gramin Dak Sevaks resulting in providing
efficient & cost-effective basic postal facilities in the rural
area. The proposed increased emoluments will enable him to improve
his socio-economic standing.
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Impact:
The Branch Post Offices are the fulcrum for provision of
Communications and financial services in the village and are
located in remote areas. The Post Master has to deal with large
sums while making payments to customers; hence accountability is
already built into his work. The enhanced remuneration will
increase the sense of responsibility. Moreover, with the roll out
of the India Post Payment Bank (IPPB), the CDS network is expected
to play a key role in the process of financial inclusion of the
rural population.


Background:
The Extra Departmental system in the Department of Posts was
established more than150 years ago to provide basic, economical and
efficient postal services in the rural areas where there was no
justification for engaging full time regular employees. One Lakh
Twenty-Nine Thousand Three Hundred forty-six (1,29,346)
Extra-departmental Branch post offices are primarily manned by
Gramin Dak Sevak Branch Postmasters. In addition, Gramin Dak Sevaks
other than Branch Postmasters are also working in Branch, Sub and
Head Post offices. The main features of the engagement of Gramin
Dak Sevaks are that they work for part time ranging from 3 to 5
hours per day and supplement their income from other vocations so
as to have adequate means of livelihood for themselves and their
families. They remain in service up to the age of 65 years.
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